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10 Feb 2020

Belarus, Hungary to exchange experience in health tourism

Belarus, Hungary to exchange experience in health tourism
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MINSK, 10 February (BelTA) - Belarus and Hungary will share experiences in health tourism, Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) Aleksandr Kilchevsky said during the Belarusian-Hungarian seminar, BelTA has learned.

“We need to share our experiences in health tourism. I think this experience will be very useful for us and our Hungarian colleagues. We have a great mutual interest in developing cooperation in this sector. I believe that this seminar will be a starting point towards developing a long-term joint program of exchange of experience and a roadmap to identify new areas of interaction between our countries. It will expand the opportunities of participating in European programs and organizing co-business,” Aleksandr Kilchevsky said.

The deputy chairman of the NASB Presidium stressed that Belarus and Hungary have rich natural resources and have a great potential for the development of health tourism. “Harmonization of standards for mineral and thermal water recreation is now becoming particularly relevant,” he noted.

“Hungary has thermal waters, and this is very useful for tourism. The population of the country is about 10 million, and in 2019 it was visited by about 16 million foreign tourists. We would like to introduce Belarusians to Hungary and learn more about Belarus’ potential. Belarus has done a lot for tourism development recently, and we also have a lot to learn from you,” Hungarian Ambassador to Belarus Zsolt Csutora said.

According to the embassy, Hungary is one of the five richest countries with thermal water in the world. There are more than 1,300 thermal springs in Hungary, with about 300 of them used for bathing. Most of therapeutic waters in Hungary are used for treating diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, gynecological and skin diseases, kidney diseases, metabolic and digestive disorders.

There are also mineral water deposits in Belarus. The NASB Institute of Physiology conducts scientific research in the field of efficiency of their use for human health improvement. “More than 100 Belarusian medical spas have been certified by the institute to use water from wells for drinking. Water quality, mineralization and additional inclusions were assessed,” director of the institute Sergei Gubkin said.

The Belarusian-Hungarian seminar in Minsk is attended by scientists, specialists in recreational tourism, representatives of medical spas. The purpose of the seminar is to identify promising areas of cooperation between Belarus and Hungary in the tourism sector.

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